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10 Things Nobody Tells You About Renovating Your Kitchen

In our new weekly series called 10 Things Nobody Tells You, we unpack remodeling basics that first-timers might not know… and reveal a few things even seasoned renovators might find surprising. In this week’s installment, we’re tackling one of the biggest projects homeowners might face: the kitchen remodel. Here are 10 things to consider, down to the outlets. Above: Photograph by Matthew Williams and styling by Alexa Hotz for Remodelista, from A Luminous, Euro-Style Row House in Washington, D...
Tags: Books, London, Budget, Matthew Williams, Washington Dc, House, Ikea, Richard, Turner, Homeadvisor, Kitchens, Brooklyn Heights, Julie, Remodeling 101, Kitchen Design, Kitchen Appliances


David Bailey: 'Deneuve said it's great we're divorced – now we can be lovers!'

As he powers into his 80s, the photographer recalls shooting everyone from Kate Moss to Andy Warhol, shares his regrets over voting leave – and reveals how Gordon Brown pulled a fast one on him‘You look knackered,” says David Bailey, greeting me at his studio. It’s up a small mews and sprawls so casually across two floors that it still feels like the 60s inside. “Look at you,” he says. “Your buttons aren’t even done up right.” I look down at my jacket: that bit is true. But I tell him: “I’m not ...
Tags: Art, Books, Photography, Fashion, London, Celebrity, Life and style, Society, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Kate Moss, Andy Warhol, Gordon Brown, Social history, David Bailey


In Pursuit of Spring ~ Edward Thomas redux

For anyone in need of a bit of escapism, maybe a nice journey in search of spring (with apologies to the Southern Hemisphere), this year I'm giving you advance warning that tomorrow is March 21st, the day that Edward Thomas set off In Pursuit of Spring, travelling from the London suburbs, through Surrey, Hampshire and Wiltshire towards the Somerset coast. The Vernal Equinox  for the Northern Hemisphere (should all these things have capitals...I like to think so)  is actually today, March 20th...
Tags: Books, London, Earth, Michelin, Wiltshire, Edward, Somerset, Country Life, Northern Hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere, Edward Thomas, Dovegreyreader, Toller, Vernal Equinox, Surrey Hampshire


Turn On with Buster + Punch Hardware

Buster + Punch Hardware gives kitchens and baths a lot more attitude with a new collection of solid metal handles and cabinet pulls. Buster + Punch, the London-based fashion and design brand, always thinks outside the box. With an edgy, rock ’n roll aesthetic and signature, diamond-cut knurling pattern, Buster + Punch Hardware offers handles, pulls, and accessories that are truly unique. While the options can be seen as uncompromisingly modern, Buster + Punch Hardware are available in finishes...
Tags: Books, Music, London, Kitchen and Bath, Kitchen Accessories, Buster & Punch, Bathroom Accessories, Knobs, Pulls, Bathroom Knobs, Bathroom Pulls, Buster Punch Hardware, Designer Knobs, Designer Pulls, Diamond-cut Knurling, Kitchen Knobs


Perma Free Kindle Books (Add yours below)

Free on Amazon Kindle (PermaFree) About the Book : The £20 Note tells the story of an ordinary Bank Note on an extraordinary journey. We follow The Note as it passes from one person to the next, connecting their daily lives to one another, unbeknownst to themselves. The £20 Note continues on with its journey through the streets of London with life changing consequences for those it encounters on its way, Its fate carried on the winds of change. Thus showing us that we are all connected to each...
Tags: Books, New York, London, Queens, General Discussions, Bank Note, Davi


New Spider-Man Marvel Legends Figures From Hasbro Unboxing

BEGIN SLIDESHOW New Spider-Man Marvel Legends Figures From Hasbro Unboxing Hasbro has provided ComingSoon.net with a chance to unbox their new Marvel Spider-Man Infinite 6-inch Legends Series figures, which include an incredible Kingpin build-a-figure. Check out the Spider-Man Marvel Legends unboxing in the gallery below! PB = PB || {}; PB.gptStandAlone = PB.gptStandAlone || {}; PB.gptAutoRefresh = PB.gptAutoRefresh || {'gptAds':[], 'gptStandAlone':...
Tags: Toys, New York, London, Movies, Spider-Man, Jake Gyllenhaal, Holland, Hasbro, Avengers, Michael Keaton, Cobie Smulders, Collectibles, Zendaya, Extras, Samuel, Marisa Tomei


Remodeling 101: All About Butcher Block Countertops

Warm and accommodating, butcher block is an affordable countertop material with a lot going for it. Maintain them regularly and butcher block countertops will reward you by aging gracefully. But without proper upkeep, they can dull and crack. Are butcher block countertops the right material for you and your kitchen? Read our butcher block counter primer to find out. Above: Good enough for a chef: a butcher-block countertop in the Manhattan kitchen of chef David Tanis; see A Chef’s Low-Tech, E...
Tags: Books, England, London, San Francisco, Ikea, Manhattan, Melbourne, Wood, Kitchens, Christine, Reilly, Heidi, David Tanis, Carrara, Athena, Nicks


Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Great Expectations

Imagine a world… A world changing fast, and faster, a world of machinery and innovation. A world where the rich and powerful want nothing more than to expand their empire at any cost… yet even in the grimiest hearts of the cities, heroes rise up from the common people. Imagine a cemetery in the dead of winter. Imagine that, within that cemetery, a scared young kid meets a man on the run. This encounter changes both of their lives forever, witnessed by one particular headstone. The...
Tags: Books, New York, London, New York City, Spider-Man, Brooklyn, Charles Dickens, PIP, Neptune, Kingpin, Miles, Peter, Dickens, Gwen, Vanessa, Havisham


A Line in the River by Jamal Mahjoub review – Khartoum, city of memory

The novelist rediscovers the Sudanese city where he grew upNovelist Jamal Mahjoub’s mother had a comfortable, middle-class English upbringing. His father was from Sudan; “born in a house of mud bricks”, he “received only a rudimentary education”. They met in London and married in 1955, breaking “centuries of taboo”: a black man marrying a white woman.Mahjoub grew up in his father’s city of Khartoum, which, like the rest of Sudan, “is not one city at all, but fractured”. Built at the confluence o...
Tags: Books, London, Africa, World news, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Sudan, Autobiography and memoir, Paperbacks, Darfur, Khartoum, White Niles, Mahjoub, Politics books, Jamal Mahjoub


5 Companies That Make It Easy to Upgrade Your Ikea Sofa

Seven years ago, Izabella wrote about the “thrillingly transformative” Ikea-ready slipcovers from Swedish company Bemz. (You can read her story here.) Since then, more businesses have popped up to help customers upgrade their Ikea sofas, either with new legs or custom coverings. We rounded up our five favorites, starting, of course, with Bemz. Featured photograph courtesy of Bemz. Bemz There are so many reasons to like Bemz—and not just for the quality and uncommon stylishness of their slipcov...
Tags: Books, UK, London, US, Furniture, Paris, New Zealand, Ikea, Miami, Izabella, Sofas & Couches, Living Rooms, Small-Space Furniture, Ikea Hack, Bemz, Custom Cabinet Companies


The Lost Art of Pastoring

I occasionally enjoy reading quirky books. For instance, I recently read (and loved) Maynard: Adventures of a Bacon Curer, the homespun memoir of a man who goes only by his first name, can’t read or write much, and who does work that no longer fits in today’s world. Maynard became a bacon curer just as that profession died. “Gradually the work became less and people started to shop on price not on quality, which marked the beginning of the decline of a wonderful industry.” A large com...
Tags: Books, London, Featured, Life, Maynard, Baker Street, Pastoring, Spencers


The first great photography craze

Before Instagram, selfie sticks, disposable cameras, Polaroids, and box brownies, there were carte de visites – small photographic albumen prints, mounted on card, which were wildly popular during the Victorian era. Also known as CdV, carte de visites followed the early pioneering photographic techniques such as daguerreotype and ambrotype, which were expensive and difficult to reproduce. Cartes de visites were born from calling cards, which bore the owner’s name and usually an emblem, a...
Tags: Books, London, France, Africa, Uncategorized, Turkey, Rome, Liverpool, Paris, Italy, House Of Commons, New South Wales, Sydney, Union, Torquay, Catholic


Martin Woodcock obituary

Artist admired for the illustrations that grace the pages of the monumental The Birds of Africa, first published in the early 1980sAmid the economic uncertainty of the mid 1970s not many people gave up a job in the City of London. But in 1974, Martin Woodcock did just that, swapping life as a stockbroker to become a freelance bird artist.He never looked back. Martin, who has died aged 84, spent the rest of his distinguished career travelling through Asia and Africa to observe, draw and paint som...
Tags: Art, Asia, Books, London, Animals, Poetry, Africa, Environment, Painting, Birds, Wildlife, Art and design, Norfolk, Martin, Martin Woodcock


Word of the week: Leech

I’m reading Rose George’s new book, Nine Pints: A Journey through the Money, Medicine, and Mysteries of Blood, which is written in an appealingly  conversational style and which pumps out a steady flow of startling and irresistible stories about transfusion, menstruation, hemophilia, and blood-borne disease. I’m an every-eight-weeks blood donor myself (O-positive, CMV-negative), so I was riveted by George’s accounts of whole-blood and plasma donation. For sheer eye-widening, jaw-dropping amazin...
Tags: Books, London, Medicine, Wales, Linguistics, George, Mercedes Benz, Demi Moore, Leech, Rose George, Word of The Week, Nancy Friedman, Biopharm, Talinn Estonia, George Horn, British Association of Hirudotherapy


Inside the bascule chamber: secrets of Tower Bridge – in pictures

Harry Cory Wright’s photographs of Tower Bridge, one of the most famous bridges in the world and a defining symbol of London, provide insight into the workings of the largest and most advanced bascule bridge of its time• Tower Bridge by Harry Cory Wright is published by Thames & Hudson Continue reading...
Tags: Books, Photography, Technology, London, UK News, Culture, Architecture, Engineering, Art and design, Tower Bridge, The Thames, Thames Hudson Continue, Harry Cory Wright


On the Smugglers’ Radar

“On The Smugglers’ Radar” is a feature for books that have caught our eye: books we have heard of via other bloggers, directly from publishers, and/or from our regular incursions into the Amazon jungle. Thus, the Smugglers’ Radar was born. Because we want far more books than we can possibly buy or review (what else is new?), we thought we would make the Smugglers’ Radar into a weekly feature – so YOU can tell us which books you have on your radar as well! On Ana’s Radar: I only recently ...
Tags: Amazon, Books, London, America, Spain, Chicago, West, New York Times, John, Alberta, Booker, Ana, Odessa, Grey, Darren, Hassan


Mystery and Crime Braddon, Mary Elizabeth: Ans bittere Ende v1.0 [German] 10.03.2019

Mary Elizabeth Braddon (* 4. Oktober 1837 in London; † 4. Februar 1915 in Richmond upon Thames) war eine englische Schriftstellerin. Mary Elizabeth Braddon war eine der populärsten Schriftstellerinnen des viktorianischen England. Sie war das, was man heute eine Bestsellerautorin nennt. Ihre Themen waren vorwiegend Kriminal- und Gespenstergeschichten, auch Gesellschafts- und Abenteuererzählungen entstammten ihrer Feder.[Wikipedia] Hier >Ans bittere Ende< Zusammenfassung ...
Tags: Books, England, London, Wikipedia, ePub Books, Richmond, Feder, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Schriftstellerin Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Braddon Mary Elizabeth


Chemical Compounds in Tea

Tea chemistry is complex. Just how complex? Well, on the bush, tea leaves contain thousands of chemical compounds. When tea leaves are processed, the chemical compounds within them break down, form complexes with one another and form new compounds. When steeping tea leaves, our senses are tingled by the thousands of volatile compounds (collectively known as the “aroma complex”) rising from the tea liquor and the thousands of non-volatile compounds that are floating within the tea liquor. Because...
Tags: Tea, London, Biology, Turkey, Chemistry, EC, Caffeine, Plant Sciences, Bhatia, Organic Chemistry, Tony Gebely, EGCG EGCG, Harbowy Matthew E, Douglas A Balentine, Neva Gungor, Zhen Yong


Chemical Compounds in Tea

Tea chemistry is complex. Just how complex? Well, on the bush, tea leaves contain thousands of chemical compounds. When tea leaves are processed, the chemical compounds within them break down, form complexes with one another and form new compounds. When steeping tea leaves, our senses are tingled by the thousands of volatile compounds (collectively known as the “aroma complex”) rising from the tea liquor and the thousands of non-volatile compounds that are floating within the tea liquor. Because...
Tags: Tea, London, Biology, Turkey, Chemistry, EC, Caffeine, Plant Sciences, Bhatia, Organic Chemistry, Tony Gebely, EGCG EGCG, Harbowy Matthew E, Douglas A Balentine, Neva Gungor, Zhen Yong


Mystery and Crime Braddon, Mary Elizabeth: Ans bittere Ende B3 v1.0 [German] 08.03.2019

Mary Elizabeth Braddon (* 4. Oktober 1837 in London; † 4. Februar 1915 in Richmond upon Thames) war eine englische Schriftstellerin. Mary Elizabeth Braddon war eine der populärsten Schriftstellerinnen des viktorianischen England. Sie war das, was man heute eine Bestsellerautorin nennt. Ihre Themen waren vorwiegend Kriminal- und Gespenstergeschichten, auch Gesellschafts- und Abenteuererzählungen entstammten ihrer Feder.[Wikipedia] Hier >Ans bittere Ende Band 3< ...
Tags: Books, England, London, Wikipedia, ePub Books, Richmond, Feder, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Schriftstellerin Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Braddon Mary Elizabeth


“The Endless Beyond”: Superb Fantasy And Creative Inspirations By Adrian Chesterman

Born in London of Scottish descent, Adrian Chesterman, British painter and illustrator, was educated at the William Harvey School in Kent. It was here that he first discovered his burning passion for the visual arts. More: Adrian Chesterman Adrian Chesterman studied fine art at Norwich School of Art and illustration at the Royal College of Art in Kensington, London. Since leaving the R.C.A. Source
Tags: Books, UK, Design, London, Covers, Kent, Illustrator, Inspirations, Royal College of Art, Norwich School of Art, Kensington London, Adrian Chesterman, William Harvey School, Adrian Chesterman Adrian Chesterman


Other Non-Fiction Gardiner, A. G.: Leaves in the Wind (essays). v1. 08 Mar 2019

LEAVES IN THE WIND By “Alpha of the Plough” Pseudonym of A. G. Gardiner (1865–1946) =============== Leaves in the Wind was first published in 1919. Text was obtained from the Internet Archive. The text of this book is in the public domain in countries where the copyright term is “Life+70” or less, and in the USA. =============== Alfred George Gardiner (2 June 1865 – 3 March 1946) was an English journalist, editor and author. From 1915 he contributed to the London Star under the pseudonym...
Tags: Books, Usa, London, Star, Kindle Books, Johnson, Arnold, THOMSON, Selwyn, Gardiner, Alfred George Gardiner, Plough Ursa Major Big Dipper, Pillars of Society Pebbles, Shore Leaves, Gardiner AG


Creative Flow: A Novelist’s Elegant Pied-a-Terre by Colombe Studio

When we stumbled upon Colombe Studio’s Instagram account, we discovered image after image that activated our endorphins. It was clear that we had to share founder Marta Chrapka’s sophisticated projects on our site. A couple months ago, we did just that—see A Glamorous Pre-War Flat in Poland, Courtesy of Colombe Design (and eBay)—and today, not content with just a one-off, we’re spotlighting another refreshingly grown-up home by the Warsaw-based designer. This one belongs to a couple (a writer of...
Tags: Books, London, Ebay, Berlin, Paris, Apartments, Poland, Warsaw, House Tour, William Morris, Krakow, Architecture & Interiors, Palette & Paints, Farrow Ball, Gubi, Vistula River


Other Non-Fiction Gardiner, A. G.: Pebbles on the Shore (essays). v1. 08 Mar 2019

PEBBLES ON THE SHORE By “Alpha of the Plough” Pseudonym of A. G. Gardiner (1865–1946) =============== Pebbles on the Shore was first published in 1916. Text was obtained from the Internet Archive. The text of this book is in the public domain in countries where the copyright term is “Life+70” or less, and in the USA. =============== Alfred George Gardiner (2 June 1865 – 3 March 1946) was an English journalist, editor and author. From 1915 he contributed to the London Star under the pseud...
Tags: Books, Usa, London, Star, Kindle Books, Gardiner, Alfred George Gardiner, Plough Ursa Major Big Dipper, Pillars of Society Pebbles, Shore Leaves, Gardiner AG


Other Non-Fiction Gardiner, A. G.: Windfalls (essays). v1. 08 Mar 2019

WINDFALLS By “Alpha of the Plough” Pseudonym of A. G. Gardiner (1865–1946) =============== Windfalls was first published in 1920. Text was obtained from the Internet Archive. The text of this book is in the public domain in countries where the copyright term is “Life+70” or less, and in the USA. =============== Alfred George Gardiner (2 June 1865 – 3 March 1946) was an English journalist, editor and author. From 1915 he contributed to the London Star under the pseudonym Alpha of the Plou...
Tags: Books, Usa, London, Star, Kindle Books, Gardiner, Alfred George Gardiner, Plough Ursa Major Big Dipper, Pillars of Society Pebbles, Shore Leaves, Gardiner AG


Other Non-Fiction Gardiner, A. G.: Many Furrows (essays). v1. 08 Mar 2019

MANY FURROWS By “Alpha of the Plough” Pseudonym of A. G. Gardiner (1865–1946) =============== Many Furrows was first published in 1924. Text was obtained from the Digital Library of India. The text of this book is in the public domain in countries where the copyright term is “Life+70” or less. =============== Alfred George Gardiner (2 June 1865 – 3 March 1946) was an English journalist, editor and author. From 1915 he contributed to the London Star under the pseudonym Alpha of the Plough...
Tags: Books, London, Star, Kindle Books, Dempsey, Gardiner, Digital Library of India, Alfred George Gardiner, Plough Ursa Major Big Dipper, Pillars of Society Pebbles, Shore Leaves, Gardiner AG


Fanny Burney in her own words

Born in 1752,  Frances Burney  (better known as Fanny Burney) was well known as a satirical novelist in her time, anonymously publishing her first book,  Evelina , in 1778. Despite her literary influence, Fanny Burney is a name unknown to many aside from the most ardent scholars. Did you know, for instance, that the title of Jane Austen’s  Pride and Prejudice   comes from the pages of Burney’s  Cecilia ? In the eighteenth century, female authors were uncommon due (in part) to social expectati...
Tags: Books, London, Featured, Literature, Jane Austen, Camilla, International Women's Day, Samuel Johnson, Barlow, Alexandre, Burney, George III, Cecilia, Evelina, Fanny, Yale Center for British Art


Atwood to launch The Handmaid’s Tale sequel with live broadcast

Exclusive: Author’s interview about The Testaments will be filmed at National Theatre in LondonMargaret Atwood is to mark the publication of her sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale with a midnight launch in London on 9 September followed by a live interview at the National Theatre broadcast around the world.There will also be a six-date tour of the UK and Ireland. Continue reading...
Tags: Books, Publishing, UK, London, Film, Fiction, UK News, Culture, Ireland, Margaret Atwood, National Theatre, Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale, LondonMargaret Atwood


New Leaf Vote for for April 2019 • The Way I Heard It: Retellings

Heads up! This is a three-day poll. Let's select the book we'll read and discuss in April 2019! We love new participants. We're happy for you to vote, but we'd like to request that you not vote unless you plan to join the discussion whatever the selection, in the interest of a vibrant conversation. :) So if you haven't posted in a book club thread yet, do please say a quick hello here or in the Welcome thread. This is a poll. Vote for as many books as you'd like. Questions? FAQs...
Tags: Amazon, Europe, Post, Books, UK, London, Australia, Washington Post, Scotland, Wikipedia, Time, US, New York Times, Book Clubs, Napoleon Bonaparte, New Mexico


Surprise as unknown Irish translation of Ibn Sīna discovered in spine of book

Manuscript of ancient physician’s Canon of Medicine had been used to bind a later book, and shows that medieval Ireland’s medicine was in step with the rest of EuropeA 15th-century vellum manuscript of the writing of the revered Persian physician Ibn Sīna, or Avicenna, has been found being used to bind a later book, revealing for the first time that his seminal Canon of Medicine was translated into Irish.The manuscript had been trimmed, folded and stitched to the spine of a pocket-sized Latin ma...
Tags: Europe, Books, London, Medicine, Culture, Ireland, Cornwall, Canon, University College Cork, Avicenna, Manuscripts, Ibn Sina, Canon of Medicine, Pádraig Ó Macháin



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